Cassini's First Color Movie of Jupiter Shows Bustling Activity

December 27, 2000

Contact:


Guy Webster, JPL, (818) 354-6278

Orange and white stripes slide against each other, and huge oval storms
gyrate in the NASA's Cassini spacecraft's first color movie clip of
Jupiter.


The 24-frame clip shows what it would look like to unpeel the entire
globe of Jupiter, stretch it out on a wall in the form of a rectangular
map, and watch its atmosphere evolve with time.











Color Jupiter Movie

(movie)



Red spot still


(still image)




The Jupiter clip is scheduled to air on NASA Television today at, 3 p.m.,
6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight, all times Eastern Standard Time. NASA
Television is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85
degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is
vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz. For general questions about
the NASA Video File, contact: Fred Brown, NASA Television, Washington,
D.C. (202) 358-0713.

The clip is available online from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., at:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/jupiter

and from the web site of the Cassini Imaging Science team at the
University of Arizona, Tucson, at:


http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/.

Cassini will pass Jupiter at a distance of about 9.7 million kilometers (6
million miles) on Dec. 30. The spacecraft will use a boost from Jupiter's
gravity to reach its ultimate destination, Saturn, in July 2004.
Additional information from collaborative studies of Jupiter by Cassini
and NASA's Galileo spacecraft is available online at:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jupiterflyby.



Additional information about Cassini is available online at:


http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.


Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the Cassini and Galileo missions for
NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.


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